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The Waiver Wire 10/9

Hey all!  I’ve been a little jammed today so I’m keeping the format from the WEEI waiver wire and adding to it. As we head into Week 6, there is a lot of quality out there for those of you in typical leagues. It’s a little tougher for the deep leaguers, and I’ll be adding some targets for you guys over the next few hours.  I’ll have the wire finalized around 6pm EST.

The Week 6 bye teams are Detroit and New Orleans. This is the last of the mini byes. Next week we lose Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Oakland and Seattle, so get ahead of the curve if you can.

Alright, let’s get to the Week 6 targets.  New players are in bold.

 

 

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The Slam Dunks:

  • Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
  • Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears 
  • Nyheim Hines, RB, Colts
  • Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens
  • Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers
  • Keelan Cole, WR, Jaguars
  • Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals

These guys are taken in most leagues, but not all, and it’s always worth doing your due diligence, so take a look just in case. Suffice to say that, if you can land one of these guys, you ought to go for it. Olsen could return this week and he’s a TE1, so nab him. Cohen was dropped in some leagues during his bye and needs to be owned everywhere. Hines’ involvement continues to grow. I’ve told you to add him every week this year, and this could be your last shot. Allen is playing more than any other Raven RB and needs to be rostered in all formats. Ekeler is one of the best number two backs in the NFL and has been getting about 10 PPR points on most weeks in a reserve role. Cole is the Jaguars’ lead receiver and had ten very wet targets in Kansas City in Week 5. Dalton has been a legit QB1 so far and his schedule is far from scary. In fact, it’s pretty sweet over the next four weeks.

QUARTERBACKS

  • Jameis Winston, Bucs
  • Joe Flacco, Ravens
  • Blake Bortles, Jaguars 
  • Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  • Baker Mayfield, Browns
  • Derek Carr, Raiders
  • Eli Manning, Giants
  • Sam Darnold, Jets
  • Josh Rosen, Cardinals
  • Chad Kelly, Broncos 

Winston is the prize this week. He should be a QB1 the rest of the way with his weapons. Flacco is a good guy to play matchups with. The Ravens are throwing plenty and they are getting healthier and have some good pass matchups in the coming weeks. Bortles is a slow-motion train wreck, but the stats are usually there by game’s end. He’s a good play as long as Leonard Fournette remains out as the Jaguars throw more when he’s hurt. I like Trubisky a lot as a matchup play. He looks playable in at least half of his remaining games. Mayfield has a tough matchup this week with the Chargers, but things get real good over the next three weeks, so roster him if that fits your team needs. Carr is another matchup type, and his good ones are a few weeks off, so check your needs against his matchups. Rosen has really helped the offense and he has a nice schedule in weeks 8-11, but be aware of his Week 9 bye. Chad Kelly is a deep league stash, because Case Keenum’s benching feels inevitable though not imminent.

Manning has a playable schedule for the most part and it looks like he’ll get Evan Engram back this week. Darnold would be a lot more interesting if he played a lighter schedule, but the Jets have it fairly rough for the pass. The Colts, Vikings and Bears are the next three opponents. It gets a bit better after that. Darnold has shown the ability to have spike games, so he could make soem sense if you use him at the right time.

RUNNING BACKS

  • Wendell Smallwood, Eagles
  • Corey Clement, Eagles
  • Alfred Morris, 49ers
  • Nick Chubb, Browns
  • Ronald Jones II, Bucs 
  • Marlon Mack,  Colts
  • Peyton Barber, Bucs
  • Jamaal Williams, Packers
  • Duke Johnson, Browns 
  • Mike Davis, Seahawks 
  • Latavius Murray, Vikings
  • Alfred Blue, Texans
  • D’Onta Foreman, Texans
  • CJ Anderson, Panthers (handcuff)
  • Jalen Richard, Raiders
  • Kyle Juszczyk, 49ers
  • Josh Adams, Eagles
  • Mark Walton, Bengals
  • Jamaal Charles, Jaguars
  • Theo Riddick, Lions (PPR)

Smallwood and Clement are looking at a near split in the wake of Jay Ajayi’s season-ending ACL injury. I like Smallwood a bit better because he’s got more potential in the passing game. Both should have flex value in 12-team leagues. One may end up with RB2 value. The concern is that Philadelphia makes a move and deals for a new lead back. Morris should get a start this week and maybe even next week with Matt Breida (ankle) injured. Chubb received no workload bump off of his massive Week 5, but he’s still a great stash with Carlos Hyde plugging along at 3.5 yards per carry. If you are relying on Hyde, Chubb is a must-add player. Jones could be about to get his chance in Tampa. He played significant snaps going into their Week 5 bye. Add him now, because he’ll cost you a mint if he goes off this week. Barber must be owned as well. His struggles have been about the offensive line, not him. Mack has starter’s talent and he may be healthy now, so he’s worth a speculative add in all leagues. Davis ran well again, but Seattle is a mess and Chris Carson led the way in Week 5. Davis is a flex for now.  

Williams is widely available in typical leagues right now and he played the most of the Green Bay backs last week. He’s a decent player to have during the bye weeks. Johnson has a stable role on an improving offense.  He’s got some PPR appeal, and could really get a bump if they deal Carlos Hyde before the deadline. A long shot, but possible. Adams is a deep league flier, who could earn some goal line work if things break right for him.  Charles was just signed by the Jags, and will have a role until Leonard Fournette returns. He looked pretty good at times last year in Denver and should have fresh legs, so who knows.

WIDE RECEIVERS 

  • Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
  • Robby Anderson, Jets 
  • Geronimo Allison, Packers
  • Keke Coutee, Texans 
  • Chris Godwin, Bucs
  • D.J. Moore, Panthers 
  • Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  • Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  • Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  • Dez Bryant, WR, Free Agent 
  • Taywan Taylor, Titans
  • Willie Snead, Ravens 
  • Josh Reynolds, Rams
  • Taylor Gabriel, Bears
  • Antonio Callaway, Browns 
  • Willie Snead, Ravens
  • Tre’Quan Smith & Cam Meredith, Saints
  • Chester Rogers, Colts
  • Rishard Matthews, Free Agent
  • David Moore, Seahawks

Westbrook is rostered in about half of Yahoo leagues, so go get him if you can, especially in PPR formats. I told folks to not cut Anderson last week. I hope you all listened. He’s going to cost you now. I think he’ll be the most valuable Jet receiver going forward along with Quincy Enunwa. Allison will be a valuable asset as soon as he clears the league’s concussion protocol—probably this week. Coutee is now the third option in the Texans pass game and that’s worth plenty. Roster him in all leagues. Godwin is a talent and his time is here in my view. I think they ramp up his involvement going forward. Moore is my favorite stash option left at receiver. He posted 68 yards from scrimmage last week and could pop at any time. Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright’s snaps will be curtailed soon. Sutton got another six targets and scored against the Jets. He could become a weekly option soon, if they get better quarterback play. Valdes-Scantling has a lot of ceiling, but it’s tough to predict what happens to Randall Cobb going forward. I like adding or keeping Marquez until we see how things shake out. He showed quite a bit last week versus the Lions. Kirk has upped his game since the team switched to Josh Rosen at quarterback. He’s the receiver in Arizona who is most likely to explode, especially in PPR formats. Dez should sign in the next week or so. People will rush to add him when he does. Why not get ahead of the curve? Callaway will get more time with Rashard Higgins’ knee injury.

Reynolds was an oversight this morning. He’ll be a “starter” this week if either Cooper Kupp or Brandin Cooks can’t get cleared to play. Both are in the concussion protocol. Both Smith and Meredith are for deep leagues. I like Smith over Meredith, personally. I see more ceiling there.  Moore’s been playing well all year and he’s played over 50% of the snaps the last two weeks–with a breakout in Week 6. Obviously two scores is an attention-getter, but Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin will still lead the way here. In deep leagues, Moore is worth a look.  Sanu was also one I missed. He’s playing too much to ignore and he’s been in the end zone twice. Snead has some PPR appeal and has been low ceiling but also very consistent. I’d be comfortable flexing him in a deep PPR league.

TIGHT ENDS

  • Evan Engram, Giants
  • Jack Doyle, Colts
  • O.J. Howard, Bucs
  • Hayden Hurst, Ravens
  • Cameron Brate, Bucs
  • Geoff Swaim, Cowboys
  • Niles Paul, Jaguars
  • Austin Hooper, Falcons
  • C.J. Uzomah, Bengals
  • Nick Vannett, Seahawks
  • Jeff Heuerman, Broncos
  • Antonio Gates, Chargers

Doyle has been dumped in a lot of leagues and he’ll be a locked in TE1 when he returns. He’s been week-to-week for a few weeks now. Howard is out for another week or so with an MCL sprain and has been dropped in a lot of leagues. I’d be snatching him up any place I can. Brate should get you a start this week and maybe next week while Howard is out. Hurst finally played his first game and should start leapfrogging the guys in front of him on the depth chart. He’s potentially the number two weapon in this passing game. Swaim has looked surprisingly strong the last two games. Ride that wave for now. Paul should replace Austin Seferian-Jenkins (IR) in the Jaguars passing game. Hooper is owned in 57 percent of leagues, but he’s worth listing with all the injuries at the position. Uzomah pulled ahead of Tyler Kroft on the Bengals depth chart and looks like the guy going forward. Vannett is getting all of the playing time in Seattle and should get you a little something every week.

I added Engram because I noticed he’s available in 3 out of ten Yahoo leagues. That’s surprising. Sell out for him if he’s there.  Heuerman may not be sexy, but he’s starting and getting some targets. He’s a good player so he’s got some appeal with Jake Butt gone and with so few good options at the position. Gates will get you a score here and there and 20-40 yards on most weeks.  He’s been targeted 16 times on the year.